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NECI on Main

118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
+1 802-223-3188
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (6 reviews)
“bread” (23 reviews)
“crostini” (3 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I am a close-to-vegetarian. If I eat meat, it has to be done thoughtfully, with a respect to the animal.... I eat red meat a couple times a year, and we did a splurge at NECI last night. Rarely do I take a bite and...More

Thank Gail M
Reviewed 2 November 2017

A very well presented restaurant with an intimate atmosphere, perfect for couples dining out. The staff weer friendly and very helpful. The food was very good, we had fish and chips and steak; both very well cooked and they tasted great. Well worth a visit...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Had a meal in passing before going to the theatre. Shared a burger. Was good enough - not bad, not exceptional Also shared the tapas plate. A bit mixed Spicy feta - nice Beans salad -OK Beet hummus - tasteless Pickled shallot, and melon (?)...More

Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The Chicken Tangine was very good, but lacked a few traditional spices; the 'Beet' burger was delightful; the Tapas was interesting and tasty too. Declining enrolment has hurt NECI but it's raison d'etre is still there.

Thank Gourmand2
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Restaurant is staffed with students of the Institute (" La Brioche") but actually is quite diversified in its menu. Had dinner for one. Service was excellent (Paul), prompt, courteous. Enjoyed sitting sitting outside at a small terrace which is not as dark as inside. Lower...More

Thank Jlu2903
Reviewed 20 June 2017

We had one hilariously wacky waitress, i.e., "Don't think about the beef cheeks while you're eating them" -- apparently she'd had a taste in the morning and thought it was a roast beef dish until she discovered it wasn't. And, oh, when I had just...More

Thank kathleenhoverter
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

My wife and I decided to have dinner with at the restaurant run by the New England Culinary Institute. We made a very good decision. The four types of breads offered at the beginning of the meal was crunchy and delicious. We had the cold...More

Thank stuartled
Reviewed 30 April 2017

With top notch prices, we were really looking forward to experiencing fine dining. Unfortunately, the food was pretty standard (my entree was a hunk of meat and seasonal vegetables cooked with some spices), the waitstaff got our order wrong, and then we were over-charged. We...More

Thank TourLocalLife
Reviewed 11 April 2017

young server was friendly but not highly efficient. the wine list is extensive - with many high priced bottles.

Thank johnmF809KE
Reviewed 4 April 2017

The food was excellent and wait staff did a fine job. If you enjoy cooking shows, take a quick walk down the hall towards the bathroom so you can peak into the kitchen to see them making your food.

Thank tamshel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602-2908 (Formerly Main Street Grill & Bar)
    (School St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Montpelier
  • Phone Number: +1 802-223-3188
  • E-mail
Imagine the entire state of Vermont as a food experiment or as its own laboratory where food products are grown and created for this particular climate; seasonally, organically, and sustainably. Now imagine restaurants as teaching laboratories this restaurant for instance. NECI on Main is a production lab for New England Culinary Institute. For over 30 years we have been teaching students to make connections with farmers, between the landscape and our food, and between seasons and culinary traditions. Sometimes we include food items that express a particular sense of place from outside of Vermont, or culinary traditions from other cultures, and use those items or experiences to enhance the foods grown here in Vermont. Our menu is no exception in this teaching philosophy, and reflects the best that Vermont’s farmers, and America’s next generation of young chefs offer.
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